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Mar 14, 2008

TGITDNMAR (3/14/08)

It's that time again for TGITDNMAR, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It's The Day New Movies Are Released.

Yes, I realize I've been pretty flaky when it comes to this feature. By nature, it should be a weekly post, but this is what happens when Survivor starts and I still have the same amount of hours in the day to pop out two posts on a Friday morning/afternoon. Lucky for you, I live-blogged the Survivor episode last night, freeing up some time this mornin' for this here post. Aren't you relieved?

Horton Hears a Who
Does Horton hear me not caring? Mrs. Fletch wants to see this for some reason, but I can't say that it looks any good to me, despite the all-star cast of vocal talent (Carrey, Carrell, Burnett, Arnett, Rogen and on and on). Maybe it's because I never read this Suess book. Can't they make a movie out of Are You My Mother? I'd be all over that one. The crane rocked.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 40%

From the looks of this, I'm surprised it's not a Rob Zombie directorial effort. No, this 28 ___ Later... clone was brought to us by Neil Marshall, helmer of the much-lauded (and tremendously overrated, if you ask me) The Descent. On the bright side, it's starring Bob Hoskins and Rhona Mitra, who's otherwise known to me as the best thing about Hollow Man.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 3%

Never Back Down
Poor Djimon Hounsou. He's clearly shown talent in his >10 year career (In America, Gladiator, Amistad), but something must be wrong when he's relegated to the mentor role in a crappy-looking mashup of Fight Club and Bloodsport. Then again, I love both those films, so maybe this one will surprise me on cable. TNT, please don't forsake me.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 1%

Funny Games
It's no secret that the intent of this film is to make the audience uncomfortable/squirm/angry. I guess I just don't get it; I'd put it in a category with some of John Waters' films (that granted, I haven't seen but heard about) whose intent is to gross you out. Sorry, folks, I might go to the movies to learn or to be entertained or to be challenged or even for an adrenaline-filled scare, but being grossed out or revolted isn't on my menu. Save that for the Faces of Death crowd, k?
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 5%

Listen, I know he's kind of weird, and perhaps turns people off with the whole hemp thing, but can someone please tell me why Woody Harrelson isn't a bigger star? I hadn't even heard of this film until a few days ago (odd considering it stars Charlize Theron), and I didn't know until five minutes ago that Woody co-starred. The man is clearly lacking in respect about town - he's not only wildly talented, but about as versatile as they come, capable of everything from character-actor type roles (No Country) to comedy (Kingpin) to drama (The People vs. Larry Flynt) to whacked-out and drugged-up (Natural Born Killers). You can keep your Robert Downey, Jr.; I choose Woody.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 33%

12 people have chosen wisely: on "TGITDNMAR (3/14/08)"

Mrs Fletch said...

Sleepwalking is playing tonight at 4:20 or 7:00pm at Camelview. Then you won't have to worry about being dragged to see Horton until later next week. :)

J.D. said...

Sleepwalking stars AnnaSophia Robb in a lead role.


Evan Derrick said...

Ah, give Doomsday a bit more credit. It also rips off Mad Max and The Running Man, which means it could become a happy conglomeration of B-movie sensibilities, making it something entirely new (even as it rips everything else off...I mean, thats essentially how Tarantino has made his career).

Fletch said...

@ Mrs. Fletch - you're on! I just hope Joel from Survivor doesn't read the blog and find me.

@ JD - I have no idea who that person is...yet. But isn't the lead in the movie an 11-year old?

@ Evan - Very good point. I'll just say then that the trailer doesn't exactly give me high hopes of it being nearly as good as any of the movies either of us have mentioned (including the highly comedic Bloodsport).

Mrs. Thuro said...

I too would pay big $$$ to see "Are You My Mother?" made into an animated feature film, no creepy Mike Myers live action crap. Certainly one of Seuss' best.

Nick said...

I just got back from seeing Doomsday (Review up soon), and it's a bit different than what the trailer makes it out to be (not much, but a bit).

Also, AnnaSophia Robb is the girl from Bridge to Terabithia and played the younger version of the main girl in Jumper. She was also in that horror movie The Reaping as the creepy little girl.

J.D. said...

Oh crap... she's in Jumper?


Nick said...

j.d.: Besides the action, AnnaSophia Robb was the only good thing about Jumper.

WaywardJam said...

@mrs fletch-don't let him off the hook for Horton, it's worth checking out!

@fletch-You don't know AnnaSophia Robb?! She's also in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. I expect she'll have a big career through the years. Disappointed she had to be in Jumper, but everyone needs a flop.

I love Woody, too! The wife and I talked about how he has the best of both worlds. He can awe the world with great drama like No Country or Larry Flynt and do dumb comedy like Semi-Pro and not get chastised for it. Could Daniel Day-Lewis get away with that?!

Now I'm off to see Doomsday, you know it looks like my kind of fun.

Daniel G. said...

I second everything you say about Funny Games. Just a little too macabre for my tastes, at least for a theater trip.

Evan Derrick said...

Saw Funny Games. Its pure, legitimate abuse. Fascinating to discuss, miserable to sit through. The review is up on my site now.

Shea said...

I really want to see Funny Games. The trailer reminds me of Kubrick for some strange reason.

I also saw this amazing trailer in front of Doomsday called The Strangers. Looks crazy. Hopefully it will break some boundaries most horror movies limit themselves to. I would like to just see Liv and lover vs the strangers.